Blight, Revised

In the continuing debate over whether or not the Atlantic Yards footprint is blighted enough to warrant eminent domain, developer Forest City Ratner has tended to argue yes, while local state Assemblyman Roger Green and many of his constituents have said no. Tuesday, however, Jim Stuckey, Forest City’s project manager, offered this re-assessment while speaking at a minority business panel:

“There’s always gentrification taking place in parts of Brooklyn. One could argue it’s a phenomenon—if you look at the people who have come out and opposed the project, they’ve only been in the neighborhood for a few years.”

Characterizing opponents as newcomers will surely push a few buttons. On the other hand, it’s an admission the neighborhood is “improving” on its own.

Matthew Schuerman

Blight, Revised